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GM expands recall to include 1.3 million vehicles

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Imagine driving down the road and all of a sudden your ignition switch turns off. That nightmare has become a reality for many GM vehicle owners.

A faulty ignition switch has caused 31 accidents and resulted in 13 deaths.

The recall by General Motors has expanded to include more than 1.3 million vehicles. 

"This is a very serious problem. Get it in, get it done," said Gary Bankos, owner of Jim's Auto Repair in York.

Faulty ignition switches are leaving some drivers in horrifying situations. 

"It shuts off. You no longer have power steering, power brakes. You are going to be in a panic mode at that point," Bankos said. "If you are going 65-70 mph and that shuts down on you, you are going to have some problems getting it stopped."

Bankos explained exactly why the ignition switch is malfunctioning.

"What's happening to GM, it's doing it on its own. It's moving the key back enough to shut the car off on it's own," said Bankos.

In some cases, it could depend on what is hanging on your key ring.

"You have a key ring, and all your keys for everything you own in life is on that key ring, and that ring is heavy enough, it's so sensitive the key is flipping back to the off position," Bankos said.

GM is taking steps to address customer concerns. They are working with suppliers to increase the availability of parts so vehicles can be fixed.

The vehicles in question are certain 2003-2007 models. Those include Chevy Cobalts, HHRs, Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Pursuit as well as Saturn Ions and Saturn Sky models.

 

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